After being down to their last out, the Yankees somehow came back to tie the game. Down to his last strike, Mark Teixeira managed to tie it up with a home run. But with the game being in Milwaukee, it's the Brewers who got last ups and they made use of them. A ninth-inning single from Mark Reynolds gave the Brewers the 5-4 win and a series win over the Yankees.
The Yankees struck early with a couple first-inning runs off Matt Garza. Brett Gardner led off the game with a double. After a failed Derek Jeter bunt, there was a close call at second after Gardner strayed too far away. He was ruled to have gotten back to the bag safely, but looked out on replays. However, the Brewers, for whatever reason, didn't challenge. Jacoby Ellsbury and Teixeira then drew back-to-back walks to load the bases for Kelly Johnson. Johnson ripped a ground-rule double to right center, scoring two runs. Next up was Yangervis Solarte, who flew out, but it was deep enough for Teixeira to tag up and score. The Yankees weren't able to add more but after the top of the first, they had a 3-0 lead.
The Brewers cut into the Yankee lead in the bottom of the third inning. Garza, of all people, led off the inning with a double. After Phelps hit Carlos Gomez with a pitch, Logan Schafer laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners up a base. Rickie Weeks then hit a grounder to Jeter at short. Jeter fielded the grounder but he double clutched, allowing Garza to score and Weeks to be safe at first. During the next at bat, Phelps was called for a balk, allowing the runners to move to second and third. Lyle Overbay then dropped a single into center field, scoring Gomez. After the single, Phelps also walked another runner. He got out of a bases-loaded jam but the score was now 3-2.
After that, both offenses went to sleep. The Yankees couldn't take advantage of the long first inning they put Garza through. The Brewers couldn't get much else going against Phelps. Until the sixth, that was.
Jean Segura led off the bottom of the sixth with a single. Manny Maldonado then also singled, putting runners at second and third with nobody out. That second single would be it for Phelps. He went five innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and three walks. It wasn't a good performance, but it could've been a lot worse.
Matt Thornton was brought into the game and gave up a game-tying single to Jonathan Lucroy. Girardi then went back into the bullpen and brought in Dellin Betances to face Gomez. Gomez attempted a bunt but popped it in the air, allowing John Ryan Murphy to make a catch for the first out. However, Logan Schafer then doubled, scoring Maldonado. Weeks came up next and he hit a grounder to short that Jeter knocked down. Jeter had no play at home, but got Lucroy in a rundown for the second out. Murphy then threw out Weeks at second to escape the jam, but the Brewers now lead 5-3.
The Yankees were able to get one of those runs back in the top of the seventh. Ellsbury led off the inning with a single. After Teixeira grounded into a force out at second, Beltran grounded out to third, moving Teixeira to second. Solarte then singled to center, scoring Teixeira and making the score 5-4.
Betances came back out and pitched a scoreless seventh inning. After the Yankees couldn't do anything in the eighth, Adam Warren came in to pitch the bottom half of the inning. Warren pitched a scoreless inning to keep the Yankees down just a run after eight.
In the top of the ninth, the Yankees were down to their last out when Teixeira homered off Francisco Rodriguez. That tied the game and would send us to the bottom of the ninth.
Warren would stay in to pitch the ninth. After getting the first out, Warren allowed a double down the first base line to Weeks. That brought Overbay to the plate. During Overbay's at bat, a wild pitch allowed Weeks to move to third. Warren would end up getting Overbay for out number two, leaving it up to Reynolds. Warren got an 0-2 count, but Reynolds wound up singling through the left side of the infield. That scored Weeks and gave the Brewers a 6-5 win.
Tomorrow, the Yankees return to New York to begin a series with the Mets. Hiroki Kuroda and Bartolo Colon will be the starters and first pitch will be at 7:05 eastern.